Clippers’ Patrick Beverley Leaves NBA Bubble

Patrick Beverley at the NBA Awards in 2017. Photo by Andrew H. Walker/REX/Shutterstock

LA Clippers just witnessed another key player leaving the NBA bubble in Orlando. After center Montrezl Harrell exited the camp last week, Clippers’ guard Patrick Beverley reportedly followed on Tuesday.

Reportedly, Beverley left in order to “address an emergency personal matter.“ However, the 32-year-old starter intends to re-join the Clippers at some point in the future.

It would be a tough blow for Clippers in case they are forced to enter the playoffs without Beverley and Harrell as the duo emerged as important contributors for the team in 2019/20.

In 48 starts this season, Beverley averaged 7.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. He was also integral for Clippers’ defense, as he was often tasked with guarding the opponent’s best player.

Harell, who also left the bubble due to personal matter, emerged as an NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award candidate this season. Before the NBA suspension in March, the 26-year-old had 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

LA Clippers are set to play their first exhibition game in Orlando on Wednesday against Orlando Magic. They will resume the season on July 30th against West Conference leaders Lakers.